Each year, as locals and tourists join together for the annual Emma Crawford Coffin Races in Manitou Springs, people watch the spectacle as outlandishly-themed coffins race down Manitou Avenue. This year, The Independence Center’s coffin racing team chose The Purple People Eater for their theme to show their support for our community. Fringed with purple lace and sporting giant gnashing teeth, this year’s rolling coffin was a huge hit. The IC’s team had a great time, and spectators surely enjoyed the scene as nearly 100 festively decorated coffins took over the streets of Manitou for a day.

The IC staff walking in the parade

Marritta Coffee and Tim Gore at the Emma Crawford Coffin Race

The IC Coffin Race group